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The Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2019 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Comics and Graphic Novels released in 2019?” We looked at 171 of the top Comics and Graphic Novels books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 35 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Comics and Graphic Novels” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Our other Best Of 2019 Articles:

Our Other Years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Top 35 Best Comics and Graphic Novels Books From 2019



35 .) Best Friends written by Shannon Hale

Best Friends

Lists It Appears On:

  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


34 .) Blank Canvas written by Akiko Higashimura

Blank Canvas

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • Entropy


33 .) BTTM FDRS written by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore

BTTM FDRS

Lists It Appears On:

  • Washington Post
  • NPR


32 .) Daredevil written by Chip Zdarsky

Daredevil

Lists It Appears On:

  • Embrace Your Geekness
  • IGN


31 .) DCeased written by Tom Taylor

DCeased

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN 2
  • Paste


30 .) Die Vol. 1 written by Kieron Gillen

Die Vol. 1

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • Paste


29 .) Grass written by Keum Suk Gendry-kim

Grass

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Journal
  • Observer


28 .) I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi written by Gina Siclliano

I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Observer
  • Library Journal


27 .) I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir written by Malaka Gharib

I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


26 .) In Waves written by A.J. Dungo

In Waves

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Gosh Comics


25 .) Kid Gloves written by Lucy Knisley

Kid Gloves

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Washington Post


24 .) Maggy Garrisson written by Lewis Trondheim

Maggy Garrisson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Observer
  • Gosh Comics


23 .) Middlewest written by Skottie Young

Middlewest

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • Washington Post


22 .) Off Season written by James Sturm

Off Season

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Observer


21 .) Our Dreams at Dusk written by Yuhki Kamatani

Our Dreams at Dusk

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • The Beat


20 .) Pumpkinheads written by Rainbow Rowell

Pumpkinheads

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • Goodreads


19 .) Sincerely, Harriet written by Sarah Winifred Searle

Sincerely, Harriet

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • Readings


18 .) The Hard Tomorrow written by Eleanor Davis

The Hard Tomorrow

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Entropy
  • Gosh Comics


17 .) The River at Night written by Kevin Huizenga

The River at Night

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Gosh Comics
  • Entropy


16 .) These Savage Shores written by Ram V

These Savage Shores

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Beat
  • Gosh Comics
  • Paste


15 .) Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations written by Mira Jacob

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entropy
  • Library Journal
  • Gosh Comics
  • Publishers Weekly


14 .) Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass written by Mariko Tamaki

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • School Library Journal
  • NPR
  • IGN 3


13 .) Hot Comb written by Ebony Flowers

Hot Comb

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Publishers Weekly
  • NPR
  • Entropy


12 .) House of X/Powers of X written by Jonathan Hickman

House of X/Powers of X

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entropy
  • IGN 2
  • Embrace Your Geekness
  • Paste


11 .) Mister Miracle written by Tom King and Mitch Gerads

Mister Miracle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • Gosh Comics


10 .) New Kid written by Jerry Craft

New Kid

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 3
  • Kirkus
  • School Library Journal
  • Washington Post


9.) Queen of the Sea written by Dylan Meconis

Queen of the Sea

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 3
  • Kirkus
  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


8.) Stargazing written by Jen Wang

Stargazing

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • Readings
  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


7.) This Was Our Pact written by Ryan Andrews

This Was Our Pact

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 3
  • Kirkus
  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


6.) Are You Listening? written by Tillie Walden

Are You Listening?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gosh Comics
  • Chicago Public Library
  • NPR
  • Paste
  • IGN 3


5.) Clyde Fans written by Seth

Clyde Fans

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Library Journal
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Washington Post
  • Observer


4.) Guts written by Raina Telgemeier

Guts

Lists It Appears On:

  • Readings
  • School Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • NPR
  • IGN 3


3.) Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me written by Mariko Tamaki

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 3
  • Chicago Public Library
  • School Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • NPR
  • Paste


2.) They Called Us Enemy written by George Takei, et al.

They Called Us Enemy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • NPR
  • IGN 3


1.) Rusty Brown written by Chris Ware

Rusty Brown

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • Gosh Comics
  • Publishers Weekly
  • NPR
  • Observer



The 125+ Additional Best Comics and Graphic Novels Released In 2019



#BooksAuthorsLists
367 Deadly Sins Entropy
37A Fire Story Booklist
38A Puff of Smoke Guardian
39A Shining Beacon The Beat
40Abbott Booklist
41ABC of Typography Observer
42Agents of Atlas 
Embrace Your Geekness
43Akissi: More Tales of Mischief The Beat
44AlienationInés EstradaNPR
45Amazing Spider-Man 
Embrace Your Geekness
46Americana Guardian
47Angel Vol. 1 Paste
48ANGOLA JANGA HC 
Gosh Comics
49Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation Booklist 2
50Aquaman IGN
51Bad Friends Booklist
52BAD GATEWAY HC MEGG & MOGG 
Gosh Comics
53Batman IGN
54BeastarsParu Itagaki
Chicago Public Library
55Berlin Booklist
56Berserk Deluxe Edition Hardcover Vol. 1 Paste
57Book Love Goodreads
58Breaking Glass : A Graphic NovelMariko Tamaki
Chicago Public Library
59CATS OF THE LOUVRE HC 
Gosh Comics
60Champions 
Embrace Your Geekness
61Comics: Easy as ABC! Booklist 3
62Conan the Barbarian 
Embrace Your Geekness
63Crush. Booklist 2
64Deadendia: The Watcher’s Test Booklist 3
65Death Wins A Goldfish: Reflections From A Grim Reaper’s Yearlong SabbaticalBrian ReaNPR
66Destroy All Vampires / Vampires Everywhere! Entropy
67Dial H For Hero: Enter the Heroverse Entropy
68Diary-ish Comics Entropy
69Doctor Strange. 
Embrace Your Geekness
70Doomsday Clock IGN 2
71DRIFTING CLASSROOM HC VOL 01 
Gosh Comics
72Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man 
Embrace Your Geekness
73G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte Entropy
74Gender Queer 
School Library Journal
75Girl Town Booklist
76Girls, Vol. 5 Goodreads
77Heartstopper: Volume Two (Heartstopper, #2) Goodreads
78Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson: The Ring of Death Entropy
79Hieronymous & Bosch Entropy
80How Black People Keep Each Other Alive Entropy
81How To: Absurd Scientific Advice For Common Real-World ProblemsRandall MunroeNPR
82I Want to Eat your PancreasYoru Sumino
Chicago Public Library
83Illegal. Booklist 2
84Immortal Hulk 
Embrace Your Geekness
85Invaders 
Embrace Your Geekness
86Invisible Woman 
Embrace Your Geekness
87Is This How You See Me? Guardian
88King of King Court Guardian
89Kiss Number 8Colleen A. F. Venable
Chicago Public Library
90LITTLE BIRD HC 
Gosh Comics
91Loki 
Embrace Your Geekness
92Man-Eaters Volume 1Chelsea CainNPR
93Meet the Skrulls 
Embrace Your Geekness
94Miles Morales: Spider-Man 
Embrace Your Geekness
95
Monk! Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship behind a Musical Revolution
 Booklist
96Monstress IGN
97Mooncakes Goodreads
98Ms. Marvel 
Embrace Your Geekness
99Multiforce Entropy
100My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder Booklist 3
101My Brother’s Husband, v.2. Booklist 2
102NANCY BY OLIVIA JAIMES HC 
Gosh Comics
103Nancy DrewKelly Thompson
Chicago Public Library
104No Longer Human Paste
105Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead Booklist
106Once upon a Time in France. 
Library Journal
107Operatic Booklist 3
108OUTER DARKNESS TP VOL 01 
Gosh Comics
109Palimpsest: Documents from a Korean Adoption Observer
110PARALLEL LIVES SC 
Gosh Comics
111Peter and Ernesto: The Lost Sloths 
School Library Journal
112Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt The Beat
113Peterloo: Witness to a Massacre Guardian
114Pie in the SkyRemy LaiReadings
115Reincarnation Stories 
Library Journal
116Return to Romance Observer
117ROCKET TO THE MOON! Kirkus
118Royal City. Booklist 2
119Sabrina the Teenage Witch IGN
120Saint Young Men The Beat
121Sara 
Library Journal
122Savage Avengers 
Embrace Your Geekness
123Sensible Footwear Observer
124Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince Goodreads
125Sherlock Bones and the Natural History MysteryRenée TremlReadings
126Silver Spoon. Booklist 2
127SILVER SURFER BLACK SC 
Gosh Comics
128Skip The Beat
129Smashed The Beat
130Snotgirl The Beat
131Speak: The Graphic Novel Booklist 2
132Spider-Man: Life Story IGN 2
133Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Boba Fett The Beat
134Sunday’s Child Observer
135Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt and Peanut Butter and JellyBen ClantonReadings
136Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen IGN 2
137SupersFrédéric Maupomé & DAWIDReadings
138Swimming In DarknessLucas HarariNPR
139Teen Titans: Raven Goodreads
140The Adventures of AndersGregory MackayReadings
141The Amazing Mary Jane 
Embrace Your Geekness
142The American Dream?: A Journey On Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, And The Perfect Breakfast BurritoShing Yin KhorNPR
143The Avengers. 
Embrace Your Geekness
144The Black Cat 
Embrace Your Geekness
145The Book of Forks Guardian
146THE CROSSOVER Kirkus
147The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel Goodreads
148The Immortal Hulk IGN
149The Jungle Observer
150
The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave’s Journey from Bondage to Freedom
 
Library Journal
151The Magnificent Ms. Marvel IGN
152The Man Without Talent Guardian
153The Nib The Beat
154The Okay Witch 
School Library Journal
155The Poe Clan The Beat
156The Runaways 
Embrace Your Geekness
157The Seventh VoyageStanislaw LemNPR
158The Tempest Guardian
159The Tenderness of Stones Entropy
160
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 3: Hotel Oblivion (The Umbrella Academy, #3)
 Goodreads
161The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees Booklist 2
162This Place: 150 Years Retold 
School Library Journal
163THIS WOMAN’S WORK GN 
Gosh Comics
164Thor IGN
165Ubby’s Underdogs: Return of the DragonsBrenton E. McKennaReadings
166Unhealthy Entropy
167Vanni: A Family’s Struggle Through the Sri Lankan Conflict The Beat
168Wasted Space The Beat
169Waves IGN 3
170When I Arrived at the Castle Paste
171Witch Hat AtelierKamome Shirahama
Chicago Public Library


22 Best Comics and Graphic Novels Book Sources/Lists



Source
Booklist
Booklist 2
Booklist 3
Chicago Public Library
Embrace Your Geekness
Entropy
Goodreads
Gosh Comics
Guardian
IGN
IGN 2
IGN 3
Kirkus
Library Journal
NPR
Observer
Paste
Publishers Weekly
Readings
School Library Journal
The Beat
Washington Post

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